Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

- I will build myself a house –

I alone –

I shall carry the stones myself –

the sweat must sprout like hot spring

from my shoulders –

the veins must lie like thousand-year-old trees

on my brow –

my house shall be big and tall:

bigger and taller than all others –


- when it is once finished:

heavy and mighty,

I will kick away the cornerstone

and let storey after storey come rattling down,

roaring like the hollow steps of the glacier –


- at the end my laughter

shall seat itself like a little naked youngling

on top of the smoking piles of gravel

and laughing, picks its nose –